New year, new reading challenge, new review plans! As you can see from the unorthodox timing of this review, namely, not at the end of the month, I’m mixing it up a little bit, partly to ensure the pressure-free reading for pleasure element. For the foreseeable future I’ll be reviewing in batches of five books, to compensate for those ‘teacher-months’ when not a whole lot of reading gets done… I’m hoping that will relieve some of the pressure at my end and ensure that these reviews are as accurate and enjoyable for both parties as possible!
So, with all that being said, I am delighted to bring you the first review of my #52books2018 challenge!
Book 1: Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth – Frank Cottrell Boyce (KidLit, Upper KS2)
Every so often I find myself party to a conversation about a widely-read, popular author…and find that I’m the only person there who hasn’t read a word of their books. Good news everyone: I can now join in the Cottrell Boyce discussion!
In ‘Sputnik’s Guide…’, Prez, a boy taken into foster care after his home life with his grandfather becomes untenable, has his world turned upside-down when the strangely-dressed Sputnik rings the doorbell of his foster family’s home. There are several problems here: 1, the house has no doorbell; 2, Sputnik acts in a way that is somewhat out-of-this-world; 3, the rest of the family believe him to be a dog. Before long, it becomes apparent that this quirky character has come to Earth on deadly serious business, and Prez finds himself, in the midst of dealing with his own troubled life, on a quest to find the very best the world has to offer.